72. When Our World Groans Under Sin, Should Christians Support Space Flight?
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Just this month, two wealthy business owners, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, took two different private vehicles on flights beyond Earth. Now people are saying: the age of lower-cost space flight is finally here, not only from government agencies but from private entrepreneurs! Others wonder if this is all just a big waste. When people are starving because our world groans under sin, is it wise for people to support space flight?
- We’re not starting with the idols. That’s (frankly) an unhelpful approach.
- As usual, we want to ask first what a thing is for—its purpose in God’s world.
- We admit our biases: we both favor space exploration and missions work.
- Our worldview is Christian (we attempt no secular arguments for feeding the hungry).
1. What is the ultimate purpose of life, the universe, and human technology?
- Before we condemn greed and exploitation, what’s good here?
- Cultural mandate, science and technology, stewardship of Earth and space?
- In a world without sin, would expanding humanity have reached the stars?
- God actually disciplines people after they stay in one place (Genesis 11).
- Genesis 11 appears to be all about technology and its proper use/misuse.
- We should explore the cosmos because it testifies to God’s invisible attributes and declares his glory (Romans 1, Psalm 8).
2. How does sin distort our view of God’s universe and our technology?
- Some people see no practical or transcendent value in space exploration.
- Every time there is a high profile rocket launch, people complain about it.
- “But Lord, those spaceships could have been sold and the money been given to the poor.”
- One meme shows two buttons: “fly in space for ten minutes,” or “End world hunger.”
- Only the fly-in-space button actually works. “End world hunger” is a fantasy.
- Sin leads to human suffering, and also distorts our explanations about that.
- Sin also distorts technology; we can use this to ignore real needs around us.
- But people distract themselves from real needs by projecting onto headlines like this.
3. Today, how might unsaved people explore space, and what about eternity?
- Elon Musk is serious about colonizing Mars.
- Jeff Bezos is serious about colonizing LEO through O’Neill cylinders.
- They and other space barons have also mentioned mining asteroids.
- We must prepare for Martians and Belters (people who mine asteroids).
- Jesus might not return before people truly begin private exploration of space.
- What if Mars needs missions? Or becomes a missions base like America has been.
- Future topic to explore: the “planets as backup for Earth” humanistic concept.
- Future topic to explore: if Jesus returns to Earth, with people in space, how would that work?
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